Oh I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside.

My in-laws and niece were off to a caravan in Chapel St Leonards for the week and invited us. I grew up with the caravan holiday and hadn’t been back to the Lincolnshire part of the East Coast for YEARS until they asked us about 3 years ago. This is the 3rd time we’ve been now and it’s lovely. In the nicest possible way it’s like stepping back in time and the walks on the beach make it all worthwhile. Especially walks on the beach with puppies!

I cooked this chilli and flan yesterday. I served the chilli with wedges, sour cream and garlic bread, which itself is no easy feat in a caravan oven! I think the frozen wedges took about 45 minutes in the oven and the garlic bread was OK at the front of the oven but the back ones were burnt.

It’s the Chilli Con Jamie from Jamie’s America book.

Soak dried chillies in hot strong coffee.

Cut brisket into thick pieces, cutting against the grain.

Heat some oil in a huge casserole pan. Along with chopped onion, add cumin, smoked paprika, dried oregano and a couple of bay leaves. Fry until the onion is soft.

Chop up the dried chillies and a couple of fresh chillies, add to the pan along with a couple of cinnamon sticks, loads of sliced garlic, plenty of seasoning and a splash of the coffee.

Give it all a good stir then add the rest of the coffee, some tins of chopped tomatoes, a few tablespoons of muscovado sugar and the pieces of brisket. Bring it to the boil then turn it down, pop the lid on and simmer for about three hours.

After the three hours, give it a good stir, breaking down the meat a little and then add sliced peppers and a couple of tins of kidney beans. Cook for another half hour, seasoning if necessary. Add more fresh chilli if required.


The flan was a nice and simple Hot Smoked Salmon one for my non-meat eating mum in law.

Line a flan tin with ready made shortcrust pastry and blind bake.

Cook some frozen spinach, squeeze out all the water and chop.

Flake hot smoked salmon into the pastry base.

Scatter with the spinach.

Whisk up 2 large eggs, about 180ml of double cream, some finely grated Parmesan and some seasoning.

Pour into the flan, sprinkle with chopped dill and bake in a 180ºc (fan) oven for around 20-25 minutes.


The Not So Deep Blue Sea

This was dinner…19th April 2014.


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